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The Top Ten Bands from the British Invasion

Just when Elvis joined the army and The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valenz died, there was a wave of bands with a different sound to fill the rock n roll hole that was left. What is now known as the British invasion also dented the careers of already established RnB acts like Fats Dominoes, Chubby Checker and Little Richard.

Many of the band’s associated with the British invasion didn’t survive the end of this era. But this era played a major role in rock history that was created a foundation for the next rock era which was centered around drums and guitars. Interestingly, the Motown sound increased in popularity simultaneously with the British Invasion.

The ten most well known British invasion bands include:

The Rolling Stones

The Kinks

The Turtles

The Animals

The Yard Birds

The Troggss

Manfred Man

The Hollies

The Zombies

No one can pinpoint the exact time the reign of these British musicians came to an end as some of these bands are still playing today. There is speculation that it ended somewhere near the time Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. That album may also have marked the beginning of the psychedelic rock era.

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